The problem with which the majority of the countries across the world are still fighting is pollution. But, some of them are doing much better when compared with others. A solar panel company based out of the UK, The Eco Experts, created new maps that give visuals to those rankings and show the most toxic countries in the world.
The most recent data from the International Energy Agency and the World Health Organization was brought together by The Eco Experts. They then ranked each nation given the information provided on five unique factors:
- Energy consumption per capita
- Carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion per capita
- Air pollution
- Deaths attributable to air pollution per 100,000 capita
- Renewable energy production
Check out the map below from The Eco Experts that displays the world’s most toxic countries. Any country in gray didn’t have enough information or reliable data to be included in the Eco Expert rankings:
These factors culminated in an overall toxicity ranking. According to the team at Eco Experts:
“It is now more important than ever that countries worldwide launch serious initiatives to tackle climate change in order to save Earth from catastrophic consequences.”
The rankings don’t confirm the go-to environmental bad boys of the last 20 years – India, China and the US don’t make the top 10.
Saudi Arabia turned out to be the most toxic country in the world, as per The Eco Experts. It has the highest recorded air pollution which exceeds even India and China, the countries notorious for poor air quality. The top 10 most toxic are Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Turkmenistan, Libya, Kazakhstan, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The US comes in at the 66th and the UK at 81st. Subsaharan African nations include the 10 least toxic countries, and Kenya was granted the title of least toxic in the world. The only non-African nations on the least toxic list are Indonesia and Brazil that are 7th and 9th on the list respectively.
Most of the countries on the least toxic list have already exhibited an international commitment to maintaining energy utility low besides working on establishing renewable technologies. At the UN’s Climate Change Conference, the 47 countries included in last year’s Climate Vulnerable Forum plan to leap over the mistakes of other countries during their industrializations. These nations, as late howlers, could avoid inefficient technologies and go for more eco-friendly substitutes.
Jon Whiting from The Eco Experts made a statement in a press release that he wanted to shame those nations who are not working to advance:
“This research is a way of naming and shaming the worst offenders around the world. Their lack of action against emissions not only puts their populations at risk of deadly pollution-related diseases but also threatens the future of our planet. These threats are not distant concerns for future generations; their effects are being felt now and lives are already being lost. This research highlights the need for every country to act fast and put more investment into renewable energy alternatives.”
Take a look at the video below from Crash Course’s Hank Green in order to get a quick briefing about pollution and what generates human-sparked climate change.